“The Hunger Games” Enjoys Record-Setting $155 Million Opening Weekend
See anything good at the movies this weekend? The Hunger Games opened No. 1, earning $155 million between Friday and Sunday.
The feat gives the critically-acclaimed science-fiction blockbuster the third largest opening ever, according to figures released by Box Office Mojo. The Hunger Games joins an elite group that also includes last year’s Harry Potter finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 ($169 million), and the 2008 Batman hit The Dark Knight ($158 million).
Additionally, The Hunger Games was the biggest weekend non-sequel movie opening ever, surpassing the previous record holder, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, which pulled in $116.1 million in 2010.
Set in Panem, a fictional land born of the ashes of a ruined North America, the film stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl who is forced to fight for her life in a televised blood sport known as “The Hunger Games.” Teen fans of Suzanne Collins’ 2008 novel helped boost ticket sales for The Hunger Games.
The movie’s haul exceeded expectations of most analysts and easily bested all four Twilight movies — the biggest opening for that series was 2009′s The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which raked in $141 million.